LOOKING back on some of the stories the Gazette has reported through the years...

March 1997

NORTHAVON patients were set to benefit from latest technology in the diagnosis of disease, with the arrival of a second scanner at Frenchay Hospital.

The magnet for the MRI scanner, weighing several tonnes, joined its partner in a specially extended building.

Installation was likely to take several weeks with the first patients set to be examined the following month.

Since the installation of the first scanner in June 1987, more than 10,000 patients had been examined.

SIGHTSEERS hoping to catch a glimpse of one of the biggest removal jobs in history – the dismantling of Ingst motorway bridge – were feared to have the potential to cause traffic chaos around Olveston.

The 25-year-old bridge over the M4 was to be taken away in one piece, with the motorway being closed for 36 hours while the 2,000-tonne load was taken to Aust on a 672-wheeled transporter.

March 2007

A KIDNEY donor from Chipping Sodbury celebrated her birthday and the anniversary of the transplant by abseiling down the front of Bristol Children’s Hospital to raise money for Kidney Research UK.

Maureen Johnson, 65, decided to get involved in the charity event to help others who suffer from kidney failure and in desperate need of a transplant.

Mrs Johnson had donated her kidney to her husband Mike, 71, who had suffered double kidney failure and was surviving on dialysis.

VISUALLY impaired and blind people in Cam and Dursley were encouraged to join a new club.

The Gloucestershire-wide group was at an early stage but organisers hoped it would cater for people, and their families, who had lost their sight.

Can resident Pat Beeson, who helped launch the club, said that members would be encouraged to push their own personal boundaries.